Daily Devotional: Day 130
“Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you” (James 4:7, KJV).
Your blessing as a Christian consists in submitting to God. This means to subordinate your will to God’s will – as Jesus did. You recall what Jesus said in John 6:38: “For I came down from heaven, not to do mine own will, but the will of him that sent me” (emphasis added). If you wish to be like Jesus, submit your will to God’s. Let God do with you whatever He pleases. Live your life with one purpose in mind: to please God in all things. This is important for many reasons. But let’s focus on just one today.
Your ability to spot and overcome the wiles of the devil depends on your submission to God. In other words, your power to resist satan flows from your submission to God. If you resist God – through disobedience – it would be impossible to resist the devil, because those who live in disobedience are vulnerable and can easily be exploited by the adversary.
But you can resist the devil easily.
To resist the devil means to fiercely oppose everything he represents and to have nothing to do with deeds of darkness. As you do this, you’ll become a threat to the devil, and he will have no choice but to flee from you. If you submit to God, the devil is no match for you. Remember this: Those who – through obedience – are faithful to the Lord pose the biggest threat to satan. God wants you to have victory over the devil. Start today by submitting to God.
The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be upon you today! Amen.
Take time to pray to the Father about today’s message.
For further study: 1 Peter 5:5-11